John Vandelinder: Results from Bulldogs sports


John Vandelinder

John Vandelinder's columns appear Tuesdays and Fridays in the Craig Daily Press. E-mail him at

Oh, how I wish I were watching the high school boys state golf championships in our own backyard and a Bulldog was in contention.

Unfortunately, there isn't one to be found, so let's catch up on the week that was in the land of Moffat County High School sports.

Cross country

For the eighth-consecutive week, the Bulldog cross-country team tops the beat.

Alicia Nelson continues to leave the competition in the dust, finishing third Saturday in Loveland. Nelson has placed in the top three of every meet so far this season.

And, Saturday wasn't a cakewalk. Nelson ran against 5A competition and still finished the race on top of her game. Things are looking plenty state-championship-ish when it comes to Nelson and running.

It seems as though Nelson's toughest competition comes from within her own team. Maddy Jourgensen is running faster as a sophomore than Nelson did as a junior.

Look for the duo to dominate Thursday, in the team's last regular season meet.

Hayden resident Chris Zirkle continues to impress.

He has led the boys team all season, and he's just a sophomore.


Class 3A Western Slope Conference standings

Conf Overall

Glenwood Springs 4-0 6-0

Palisade 5-0 7-0

Steamboat Springs 4-1 5-1

Montezuma-Cortez 2-2 4-2

Moffat County 2-3 2-4

Rifle 1-3 1-5

Eagle Valley 1-3 1-5

Delta 1-4 2-4

Battle Mountain 0-4 0-6

The Bulldogs took a big hit on the chin Friday at Eagle Valley. The Devils used the momentum of homecoming to simply out-gun Moffat County.

That said, the Devils' first five games - which were all losses - were to opponents with a combined 26-1 record.

The Bulldog have proven they can score points, but how about stopping the other team from scoring?

Moffat County is averaging nearly four touchdowns per contest, but the defense is allowing almost 40 points each game it takes the field.

Was the stingy 10-point effort in Delta a fluke?


Class 4A Western Slope Conference standings

Conf Overall

Eagle Valley 9-0 12-1

Battle Mountain 7-1 10-2

Steamboat Springs 6-2 10-3

Palisade 4-4 6-7

Glenwood Springs 3-4 4-8

Rifle 2-6 7-6

Moffat County 2-7 3-10

Delta 1-8 3-11

The volleyball team leapfrogs soccer after splitting its two games this week.

A tough sweep at the hands of perennial doormat Rifle was disappointing, but rebounding to take a match in Glenwood Springs shows this team does't quit.

If they can take some of what they obviously learned from the Rifle game, and keep it gelling, climbing into the fifth spot in the league is possible.

The girls have worked too hard to be in the same category as the Bears.

It took Rifle more than four years to win a league game.

Palisade and Delta are on the Horizon, so the Bulldogs can realistically double their league wins before all is said and done.


Class 4A Western Slope Conference standings

Conf Overall

Eagle Valley 8-1 11-1

Battle Mountain 7-1 9-2

Steamboat Springs 6-3 9-3

Glenwood Springs 5-2 7-3

Rifle 4-5 4-7

Moffat County 1-9 2-9

Palisade 0-9 1-11

The MCHS soccer team slips to the bottom this week.

And rightly so.

The Bulldogs concluded their season-long five-game road trip Saturday with an 8-0 loss to the Huskies.

A pummeling that came two days after getting shut out, 8-0, in Grand Junction.

Four games left in the season for this team, and believe it or not soccer fans, there still is something to play for.

Palisade and Moffat County butt heads Saturday, in a match that will determine who finishes with the worst record in the WSL.

If I know the guys on this team - which I think I do - they won't fold.

As long as they stop collecting cards like they are going to Vegas, anything is possible.

John Vandelinder can be reached at 875-1793 or


buck523 8 years, 6 months ago

Well John, another fine article......with little insulting inuendos throughout. Keep up the fine work.....I only wish it were elsewhere.


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